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A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth

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The price of karaoke at the Price of Love

The price of karaoke at the Price of Love

In 2002, I proved my credentials as a serious lawyer by appearing in make-up and a blue wig on Rose Hancock Porteous’ reality TV show. But wait! There’s more! Around this time, I also went to three garage sales at her mansion Prix D’Amour, which was French for Price or Prize of Love. At one…

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26

Aug

Bushwalking with Jennifer

Bushwalking with Jennifer

This is Jennifer: It’s actually a Samsung S8, but one of my cousins has named it after Jennifer Hawkins, the former Miss Universe. Jennifer is my first regular smartphone, and apparently quite an advanced model. My cousin thinks that as a gay man, I wouldn’t appreciate all the wonderful things about Jennifer Hawkins. Likewise, as…

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20

Aug

Unstoppable Momentum

Unstoppable Momentum

Given that I’m over 40, I’d like to think that 35 isn’t too old to win Wimbledon, so I’m glad Roger Federer recently proved this. He didn’t even lose a set, which makes me hope that they’ll soon have a 37 or 38-year-old champion. Martina Navratilova won the US Open mixed doubles when she was…

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6

Aug

Little Mermaids enchant the child-free

Little Mermaids enchant the child-free

Like Julie Bindel, a controversial British writer, I don’t think of myself as childless. Rather, I’m child-free. Fathering children has never particularly interested me, which is probably just as well, because despite technology and laws, it’s not exactly the easiest thing for a single over-40 gay man to achieve. If circumstances had forced to raise…

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30

Jul

Mrs T at Madame T’s

Mrs T at Madame T’s

Me with Mrs Thatcher at Madame Tussaud’s, London. I took my first trip to Europe, including the United Kingdom, from November 1991 – after my final year Law exams – to February 1992 – when I had to start work in a solicitor’s office. Apart from two weeks in Malaysia, this was my first trip…

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22

Jul

A relaxed Raj remnant
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A relaxed Raj remnant

On my first trip overseas, I took an afternoon off from Club Med to visit the Malaysian city of Kuantan. I probably went because a lovely widow I’d befriended was going. In hindsight, looking at myself in a rickshaw, I seem like a relaxed remnant of the British Raj. I don’t think the publicity material…

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15

Jul

Michael from Perth

A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth